Nitzer Ebb was part of a formative experience in my life.
It was the summer I went from listening to Poison and New Kids on the Block to, eh, better stuff. The British industrial band opened Depeche Mode’s “World Violation” tour. My young eyes experienced Douglas McCarthy belting out songs from the 1990 album Showtime—with one hand on a mic and the other down his spandex pants—and that was the exact moment my taste in music moved to the dark side. To this day, “Getting Closer” is still on every workout playlist I make.
Unfortunately, Nitzer Ebb announced that McCarthy is out sick for the rest of the tour, including this show at Orpheum in Ybor City where band co-founder Bon Harris is filling in on vocals. Though the show might sound a little different, the freak factor should still be the same.
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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...